Chai Pani literally means “tea and water”. It's slang in India for going out for a cup of tea, a tasty bite, a snack, or “a little something”.
Well in Downtown Asheville (and now in Downtown Decatur) it's slang for innovative, fun, affordable & delicious Indian cuisine. We'd go so far as to say it's “mindblasting”.
Some of the most tasty, fun and affordable food of any country is it's street food and Chai Pani features chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks.
And since there is nothing more comforting and delicious in any culture than a home cooked meal, Chai Pani also brings you thalis - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity.
The New York Times
was particularly taken by our “fresh, cilantro-strewn takes on Indian street food”, GQ Magazine
lauded our “Indian street food with a twang”, and New York Magazine
called us "a star in downtown's dining scene". The Huffington Post
had us on their list of "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the US" and even Fox News.com
called us the "hit of their Asheville trip". (We're just glad we could get them all to agree on one thing)!
We've made it from Bombay to Buncombe, so step off the sidewalk and step into the street – Indian Street Food that is. Yeah, that's a bit corny but we couldn't resist :-)
Our chefs are in India on a culinary tour. Check out their adventures here.
Fox News National feature on The Learning Tea, a nonprofit ( whom we are honored to be working with ) whose mission is to provide life scholarships to impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education through university. Find out more here. Buy tea and donate here.
CHAI PANI DECATUR IS OPEN! Check us out at www.chaipanidecatur.com and on Facebook and Twitter (and if you 'like us' or 'follow us' we'd be most honored - because we are like that only!)
Chai Pani was just named one of the "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the US" by the Huffington Post. Thanks y'all!
The last 30 days at Chai Pani Decatur have been mindblasting & humbling. The Atlanta Journal Constitution called us "one of the hottest restaurants around right now", ATL Insider wrote about the "magical mystery tour of Indian food" and Atlanta Magazine kicked off the buzz by naming us as one of the "thirteen most anticipated openings of 2013". Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the magazines, reviewers, bloggers & customers for such a warm welcome to the neighborhood.
Chef Meherwan Irani & Chef James Grogan served up the winning plate at the Blind Pig "No Reservations" dinner on Jan 13th. Check out the intro video: http://vimeo.com/50418014
(Chai Pani's Bar & Lounge) is written up in the Feb issue of Food & Wine Magazine
- along with some of Asheville's other mindblasting restaurants & businesses. Honored to be in such fine company!